Monthly Archives: December 2018

Oklahoma: Businessman Splits Rural Town by Opening a Charter to Compete with Public School

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I read this story with a growing sense of disgust. A businessman in Oklahoma opened a charter school in a small town to focus on career readiness and job training, functions already offered…

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Why Change is Often Confused with Reform: The Multi-layered Curriculum

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
I published this post in 2012. I have updated both text and references. After extensive deliberation and committee meetings, state and district officials publish curricular frameworks and courses of…

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DeVos’ Phony School Safety Commission Report

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
After the massacre of 17 students at the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last February, the Trump administration created a commission headed by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to come…

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College Options for High School Grads with Low or Modest GPAs

Originally posted on deutsch29:
In May 2018, Anna Wulick of ACT’s PrepScholar blog posted this informative entry for high school graduates who wish to attend four-year college but who have less-than-impressive GPAs. For those high school grads whose GPAs are…

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Carol Burris: Five Reasons Why Charter Schools Can Never Be Reformed

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Carol Burris explains here why charter schools can never be reformed. Here is reason number one. 1. Freedom from regulations and oversight through public governance has resulted in persistent and undeniable patterns of…

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Secondary School Principals Blast DeVos “School Safety” Report, No Mention of Gun Control

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Betsy DeVos and her commission of Cabinet members released their report on school safety, formed in the wake of the Majorie Stoneman Douglas Massacre in Florida. The students quite rightly demands strict limits…

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Linda Lyon: Arizona Legislator to Teachers: “Shut Up”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Linda Lyon was president of the Arizona School Boards Association for the past year of tumultuous action in the state. Her office required neutrality. Now that she has “passed the gavel,” she is…

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Danielle Holly: Billionaires are Undermining Democracy By Their “Investments” in Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Danielle Holly writes in the NonProfit Quarterly that billionaires who put their philanthropic dollars into education are benefiting themselves, not children. How do they benefit? Their donations put them in control of what…

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Defending the Early Years: Veteran Kindergarten Teacher Rxplains Value of Play-Based Learning

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In this short video, veteran kindergarten teacher Jim St. Clair explains why play-based learning is important for young children and illustrates with examples from exemplary practice. The video was produced by DEY (Defending…

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Is the Kentucky GOP Trying to Intimidate Democratic Teachers Into Not Running for Office?

Originally posted on deutsch29:
It seems so. On December 14, 2018, Kentucky’s Courier Journal reported that the Kentucky GOP has filed numerous public records requests for teacher emails, and it seems that these requests are little more than an attempt…

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